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Red Squares on Path #4 by Skip Gosnell

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Monthly Meeting and Demonstration

MEMBERSHIP MEETING:  

NOVEMBER 16, 2022 (Wednesday)

1:00 P.M. – 3:00 PM


WORKSHOP:  
NOVEMBER 22, 2021 (Tuesday)

9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M

Demo:  Skip Gosnell - Acrylic Abstract

BIO
 

Skip Gosnell, a Pennsylvania-based contemporary artist, is known for his abstract visual art that captures the energy and motion of churning waves, along with geometric abstracts of line, color and texture. His strong use of a bold palette is complimented by the use of contrasting colors, creating tonal moods and movement. Using contrast of bright and shadow, he creates a visual language of shape, form, and color with a degree of freedom from real world visual references. Experimenting with color combinations and brush strokes that express an emotion or mood of a particular scene or object quite often the end result is unexpected, filled with interesting forms and textures. The artist’s aesthetic choices are intuitive rather than premeditated. Through his gestural brushstrokes and application techniques, Skip’s paintings summon an energized emotional response. Using varying tools and brushes, he creates layered works with an illusion of depth, pops of color, and contrasting shapes. His style is nuanced by a range of inspirations, including scenery from local coastal regions. Skip graduated with a degree in Visual Communications from University of Delaware. With a background in graphic design and photography he worked as design director for several publications. Working for over 30 years in the creative industry, with a background in graphic/web design and photography, Skip has embarked on his career path as an artist and designer.

 

INSPIRATION: The ocean, waves, fences, Van Gogh and post impressionism, abstract and mixed media, Piet Mondrain, Mark Rothko, Wassily Kandinsky, Andy Warhol, looking out my window, bamboo in the mist, mixing paint, and touching the brush to canvas...

 

TECHNIQUES: I prefer acrylic paint as my medium of choice as it allows for heavy thick strokes as well as thin transparent washes (and drying time is quick allowing for layering a piece in a short amount of time). Acrylic paint on canvas and board, mixed media with India acrylic inks. Layering of colors, lines, textures, and washes. Using multiple tools including brushes, forks, palette knives, scrappers, and sponges.

 

Instagram: skipgosnellart

Website: skipgosnellart.com


 

DEMO: Art and Design: Abstract Painting - Line, Shape, Color (including tone and texture)
 

Abstract is typically an unrecognizable subject matter, that creates a mood and emotional response. Will discuss objectives, materials, and process - workshop is to emphasize either line, shape, or color (all three should be included, but showcase on one) as well as balance, unity, and a focal point. The three elements are the building blocks and the three principles are what make it a successful work of art.

 

WORKSHOP:  Abstract Painting - Line, Shape, Color (including tone and texture)
 

Discuss objectives, materials, and process - workshop is to emphasize either line, shape, or color (all three should be included, but showcase on one) as well as balance, unity, and a focal point. The three elements are the building blocks and the three principles are what make it a successful work of art.

 

  • Discuss what abstract thought means: Discuss the basis of abstract art, that it is non-representative or is difficult to tell what the subject is - although abstract art appears simple, it is one of the most complex types of artwork.

  • Review basic elements that help create a successful work of abstract art - the building blocks.

 

WORKSHOP MATERIALS:
 

  • Canvases, 11 x 14, 12 x 12, 16 x 20

    • Can be Wood panel and/or canvas board

    • Can be small but bigger is so much more fun

  • Acrylic paints - include heavy body

    • Titanium white

    • Paynes grey

    • Reds, blues (your choice of color palette)

    • Metallics and /or florescents (your choice)

  • Paint brushes (3-4”, 1-2”)

  • Paint scrappers/squeegees (variety of wide and narrow)

  • Additional materials as needed for different ideas and methods:

    • Paint scrappers (wide and narrow)

    • Charcoal stick / conte crayons (black) / and/or

    • Wide sharpie (black & white)

    • Plastic fork (and/or other patterned tools)

    • Palette knives

    • Painters tape

    • Stencils

    • Sponges

    • Rags or paper towels

    • Spray bottle (water)

    • Water can (to clean brushes/thin paint)

Click here for materials list (MS Word document)
Click here for materials list (PDF file) 
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